NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a measure that provides an additional $5 million in federal funds to help law enforcement agencies in Tennessee and elsewhere reduce their backlogs of untested rape kits.
The legislation sponsored by Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen of Memphis passed on a voice vote this week. It's an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2015 Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations bill.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has given a tiny East Tennessee town the go-ahead to change its name to Rocky Top.
A development group has promised to turn Lake City into a tourist mecca if it goes through with the name change. The plan is to cash in on the fame of the song "Rocky Top," which was made famous by the Osborne Brothers.
But Gatlinburg-based House of Bryant, which owns the rights to the song and multiple Rocky Top trademarks, sued and asked a judge to stop the name change.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says state education officials were simply being cautious when they initially decided to delay the release of students' assessment scores.
The Department of Education had informed school superintendents that the delay in TCAP scores was needed because of a change in assessments. The scores are used in the calculation of final grades for students primarily in grades 3 through 8.
However, the department decided to release scores last Friday after experts signed off on the validity and accuracy of the results.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An annual report says the nation's largest Protestant denomination saw membership decline for the seventh straight year in 2013.
The report released by the Southern Baptist Convention's Lifeway Christian Resources puts total membership in the Nashville-based SBC at 15.7 million. That's down from 15.9 million in 2012, a decrease of a little less than 1 percent.
Weekly church attendance decreased more than 2 percent last year.